You bet - look in the alt.autos.honda group and you will see a couple
threads. The upshot so far has been either a troublesome key (may help, may
not) or an interlock associated with the gear selector. See the "Cold
weather - Honda 1990 question" thread and "Curly Q. Links" post. Also, my
own advice is to wash out the WD-40 with a shot of contact cleaner or
non-chlorinated brake cleaner while it is still fresh. In my experience,
WD-40 gums up locks within a couple of years (maybe a hot climate
phenomenon?) and nothing but more WD-40 will free it again. Graphite is the
lubricant for locks.
Thanks for your suggestions, I got some contact cleaner and dry graphite key
lub, but no luck so far :-(
However I did fine the thread "Cold weather - Honda 1990 question" but
could not fine Curly Q. Link on this subject. Could you please give me more
details how to locate the link?
Begging Curly's understanding, I'll just quote it here:
<Eric is close. The linkage that shifts your automatic tranny into Park is
out of adjustment a bit, and so it won't let the key lock solenoid get past
it when the sucker's cold. You might even have an access hatch on the left
side of your steering wheel cover, above the lever that sets the steering
wheel angle. One screw. I won't try to tell you how to fix it, since it
should be done by a pro. Anybody who has worked on Hondas can set it up for
you. Should take ten minutes.
OTOH, you should make sure that the lube you sprayed into your ignition lock
has some graphite, or at least Teflon. Lock-Ease is hard to find, but it's
the BEST. Try locksmiths. Some sprays flush out all the lubrication. Don't
use anything dino-based.
Sorry I won't be able to follow up regarding this problem after all. One
thing I didn't mention to you was this was my sons car he just return from
the hospital and I mention I was trying to figure out the problem for him.
He told me he had looked into the problem earlier this year and yes indeed
there was a problem some switch or linkage to the transmission. I ask for
better explanation he didn't want to talk about it and he said he didn't
need my help. Another thing he did say was it would cost $400.00 to be fixed
and decided he would live with the problem.
One thing I noticed today was I had no problem removing the key with the
temperature at 13 degree C. but when it gets around zero degree C you have
to wait about 2 to 5mins. before the key can be removed.
If your gear selector indicator light isn't showing that you are in park
then it is likely the same problem I had.
I fixed it with a zip tie to secure a loose switch. You have to remove the
center console plastic cover around the AT gear selector. To do that you
problem have to remove the plastic knee panels on both sides first. Then if
I remember correctly I secured part # 9 in this picture.
Whichever part it was it was white plastic and I could make the park light
indicator go on and off by moving the switch until I secured it. I did this
a few years ago and haven't had any problems since then.
Let me know if you need more details.
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